Sweetness

What’s one to do when there is a happy stash of homemade pita in the freezer and a grumbling belly waiting for dinner? Make falafel!! Last night I prepared a new kind of falafel made with sweet potatoes instead of chickpeas. The recipe is from Fat Free Vegan and it is delightfully delicious!! I halved the recipe and it made just enough for two meals. The accompanying Yogurt-Tahini Sauce is my new favorite. It has a sweet tang from the addition of ketchup, but all the richness I love from tahini – so good! 

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And, a lil’ sweetness for dessert:

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Tasty (well one of them was) vegan donuts from Voodoo Donut in Portland. I rode my bike over to Voodoo to satisfy a treat craving last night. Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting Voodoo. The donut on the left is a chocolate-glazed, custard-filled. The donut on the right was kind of stale, lemony (way too lemony), and dry. There was quite a selection of vegan donuts to choose from which was nice. I also tasted a regular glazed donut because apparently that’s how you tell if a place makes good donuts, you base it off their plain donuts. It was good. Fresh, sweet, donutty. Enough said. I shall let the icky lemon donut be forgotten…

Music and Strippers

This past weekend I went to Seattle to see my favorite band perform (they are on tour now, go see them, they are AMAZING!). Although I live a mere three hours from Seattle, I have only visited the city a few times. I left a warm and sunny day in Portland, and was greeted (unsurprisingly) to a warm and very rainy day in Seattle. That’s okay because I made a new friend along the way! He was cruising the sidewalk, most likely searching for Mighty O Donuts (which I indulged in, but sadly have no photos to share).

While in Seattle, I had the chance to dine at Pizza Pi. It was a nice escape from the rain, very warm and cozy inside. The folks working there were super kind. The pizza was tasty, but I must agree with the lovely Vegan Noodle, the cheese on top was a needless addition. After pizza, I stopped across the street at Side Car for Pigs Peace. I was able to spot some nifty items that I have never seen in Portland, including some fun bubble bath scented in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry and packed in wee milk cartons. Too cute…and wow, this stuff smells awesome! After that, it was on to the show…seriously, go watch these guys perform…

Now, the strippers…hehehe…

Crazy name for a…cookie! I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine years back, and usually only make them around the holidays, but sometimes it’s cool to break tradition. You can find the recipe here, and it is easily veganized by making a few small substitutions: (1) use vegan margarine instead of butter, and (2) use an egg replacer method instead of an egg white. These cookies are addictive, and best eaten warm. I always make them using homemade jam, but undoubtedly, they would be great with any jam. I made two batches this time around, a Strawberry-Raspberry Stripper, and an Apple-Cinnamon Stripper. For the latter, I replaced the lemon juice in the glaze with plain soy milk, and added a healthy dash of cinnamon, and then sprinkled the tops with slivered (and crushed) almonds. Oh, and I used an apple jelly as the filling. These are a snap to prepare, and it’s fun slicing the logs and drizzling the glaze over them. The perfect cookie for impatient cookie munchers…they don’t really need to cool!